Adam Sorensen reflects on a campaign marked by tentativeness and inhibition:
This is what the modern presidential campaign requires. Every semi-public utterance will find its way into the news; every available scrap of personal history will worm its way to daylight. That’s why we end up with candidates like Romney and Obama, men of catalog-perfect families, immaculate pasts and abundant political caution. There will be lapses: Obama recently had an overly earnest exchange with Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev on a hot mic. But Romney’s weekend fundraiser barely counts. Even behind the garden wall, he’s careful.